After attending a comic book convention and watching some episodes of Stargate SG-1, I realized how much in many areas of our culture we are taught to be a maverick. George Washington and the rest of the founding fathers were revolutionaries. Many of our popular fictional heroes from Jack Bauer in 24 to James Bond, to Captain Kirk and Picard are break the rules people when they know the rule is wrong. Today Mark Waid said Superman was his favorite hero because he had the power to rule the earth, but doesn't and instead helps the world because it is the right thing to do. In suffragette and civil right movements our heroes are those who stood against the status quo and would not follow the rules. Our founding fathers ignored the rule of law and stood up for what was the right thing.
This is all a prelude to the fact that when it comes to personal and professional situations doing the right thing and standing against the others who maybe wrong usually exacts a high cost. Often times in the government or corporate situations whistle blowers are only lauded by the people trying to attack the institution being reported on. Often this people are vilified and treated as outcasts by society at large, because now how can you trust a traitor. In a personal situation being right and trying to do the right thing often buys you trouble also. Even when proven right in the long term, people don't want to be reminded of the situation.
I know I have tried to do the right thing and have succeeded on occasion and there has been a price to pay for doing it (both in my personal and professional life). But no matter what I will always strive to do the right thing and be the maverick when called upon and pay the price. Because if I have learned nothing else from the comic heroes of my formative years there no option, we do the right thing regardless of the consequences. I just wish then in real life those people were lauded as well as they are in fiction.